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“…perfect for people who are starting to use CSS…” (oraclehome.co.uk, October 2005) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The power to build visually stunning web sites is now at your fingertips. This comprehensive introduction clearly shows you how to combine Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) with HTML, XHTML, or XML to create rich, aesthetically compelling web designs. It follows a browser-neutral point of view so you can easily develop sites that are compatible with IE6, IE7, Firefox 2, Opera 9, and Safari 2.

Packed with detailed examples in syntax-colored code and showing the resulting web pages in color, the second edition will help you discover how and why CSS works. It first guides you through the principles of sound CSS-based web design and the properties for manipulating the presentation of a document. You'll then find out how to take your sites to a higher level with CSS concepts such as multi-column layouts and centering positioned elements vertically.

What you will learn from this book

  • All about the CSS Level 1, 2, 2.1, and 3 specifications
  • Ways to manipulate text and select effects for your fonts

  • Bugs and workarounds for IE6 and IE7

  • How to control the flow of your document layout

  • Tips for enhancing your design using backgrounds

  • The four different types of positioning: static, relative, absolute, and fixed

  • How to change the behavior of elements in an XML or HTML/XHTML document

Who this book is for

This book is for beginning web developers and designers who want to use CSS for better, faster design and markup. Basic familiarity with HTML is required.

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

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Wonderful July 26 2007
By Todd Hawley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've read several books about CSS over the last three or four years, but this book has to be the most complete I've seen. Not only does Mr. York obviously know this material quite extensively, he does it in a way that makes total sense. And this book is not just for beginning web developers either, there's quite a bit of information that more experienced developers can learn about. I also liked the various code examples in color. It helps to make the specific code stand out much more when it's in a different color than the code around it. This of course helps the reader to understand and remember it more effectively.

The author also takes time to talk about the differences in browsers and how each one presents the code. There are few things more aggravating to a web developer than having to deal with the various quirks of each browser. What looks great in IE may not look so hot in Firefox or Safari. And vice versa. The author cites various examples of this throughout the book, as well as "workarounds" for each "issue."

Another thing that makes this book so enjoyable is how the author goes through step by step instructions on how to achieve a particular style. This is one way to show how styles affect presentation.

It's amazing how powerful CSS has become over the last few years. There's a lot you can do with styles and Mr York has shown all web developers ways we can take advantage of this power.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Everything I was looking for in just one book May 18 2008
By Patricia G. Conley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When searching for a technical manual, I usually am able to narrow the field down to just 2 or 3 that together will cover my needs.

I sat down with a stack of about 15 books on CSS, including the most popular listed on Amazon, and started thumbing through them to evaluate their content, organization, reference material, indexing, etc. I eliminated several books, and had a tall stack of possible books to one side when I opened this book. I was first struck by the simple beauty of the book layout. The material in this book is presented in an exceptionally pleasing manner, easy to read, and well punctuated with examples and graphics. Code is colorcoded so the reader can easily pick out the portions being described in the text, and followed by color photos of the actual screens resulting from the code.

The book is logically organized and includes the best and most comprehensive reference section of all the books I considered.

The topics are easy to read and clearly presented. There are exercises to do which allow the reader to actually test-drive the techniques described and accompanying code files are available on the website to go along with the book.

I was surprised to find one book that contained everything that I look for in a technical manual. Hurray! I didn't have to buy 2 or 3 books to cover all the bases.

Thank you Richard York.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
One of the bests CSS books March 18 2008
By Marcos O. Cabral - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is what it's intend to be: an excellent book for CSS beginners. Good sequence of chapters, good examples, and the wellcome surprise of color sintax and screen pictures.
Congratulations to Wrox, and I expect that other books could be printed with same quality presentation.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Pretty Good Book Jan. 10 2010
By E. Montalvo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The book does cover from the easier parts of CSS as well as parts that only relate to Internet Explorer. I don't think that this book is a beginner's book and it does provide good coverage of the CSS as it relates to the browsers that work and Internet Explorer -- which we call Mr. Alzheimer for many reasons.

I use the book to develop some of the newer sites that I am working on because I don't have the time to search the Internet for an answer. There is a lot of trial and error involved when it comes to web development and books like this one help reduce this trial and horror.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Beginning CSS May 30 2009
By Tyson J. Randall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best CSS books I've come across. The author is very understandable and the majority of the examples in the book are very useful and informative, although a handful of them could have been left out without detriment to the reader or content-flow of the book. However, after reading through the book only once and actually working through the examples for myself I have become rather confident in using CSS and have designed a number of rather professional websites. I would recommend the book with full faith that any reader interested in honestly learning CSS could do so with a little time and careful attention to the presentations in the book.